Vicarious Trauma Worksheet

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What are the theories behind this worksheet?

This worksheet draws from trauma theory, emphasizing the concept of vicarious trauma, which occurs when individuals indirectly experience trauma through exposure to others’ suffering. 

It aligns with stress and coping theories, prompting individuals to identify emotional and physical reactions, coping mechanisms, and support systems when confronted with vicarious trauma. 

How will this worksheet help you?

This worksheet serves as a valuable tool for individuals dealing with vicarious trauma by fostering self-awareness and providing practical strategies for coping and resilience. 

It encourages reflection on emotional and physical reactions, triggers, and effective coping mechanisms. 

How should you use this worksheet?

Guide individuals through each question, facilitating a thoughtful exploration of their experiences with vicarious trauma. Encourage open and honest reflection on emotions, physical reactions, and coping mechanisms. 

Discuss the identified support systems and collaboratively strategize the setting of personal boundaries. Use the worksheet as a dynamic tool for ongoing self-awareness and growth, revisiting and adjusting responses as needed.

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